Re: virus: MEME UPDATE: To Censor Or Not?
Mon, 16 Dec 1996 14:26:51 -0600 (CST)

On Mon, 16 Dec 1996, Alex Williams wrote:

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> > Yes, the state-space of all reachable algorithms is the "preexisting" bit.
> By that reasoning, /no/ process of discovery in the intellectual field
> is anything more than a "hunt," as the state-space of all possible
> memes/physical-states is being "searched."

We're pushing some fine lines here. A nonalgorithmic search is *not* a
hunt. My impression is that a genetic algorithm is an algorithmic search
[that usually uses (pseudo)random numbers....]

> > I agree that "breeding" an algorithm isn't linearly rational, but it may
> > very well be parallelly/nonlinearly rational. I'm experimenting with that
> > [by hand] in some of my side studies.
> Oh, I'm not so sure about it being nonlinearly rational; it starts
> with a single idea (an idea of what's `better') and grows a tree,
> checking the leaves for `goodness.' Pretty linear /seen on that
> level/, but looking at it from a progress PoV, its non-congruant.

That's "linearizing" the procedure. The intermediate results are
unnecessarily hard to understand because the notation does not
correspond to the algorithm's methodology.

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd